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Jihadi Militants Ban Smoking And Guns In Conquered Territories
Daily Caller ^ | 6/13/2014

Posted on 06/15/2014 12:44:00 AM PDT by nickcarraway

In a major coup for public health and safety the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has banned smoking, alcohol, and guns in the provinces it conquered just days ago, the International Business Times reports.

The Sunni militant group, which seized control of Iraq’s second largest city Thursday and is pushing toward Baghdad, “has a surprisingly sophisticated bureaucracy,” according to the Atlantic. “In Raqqa, they forced shops to close for selling poor products in the suq (market) as well as regular supermarkets and kebab stands—a move that was likely the work of its Consumer Protection Authority office.”

ISIS explained its opposition to smoking back in January after conquering the Syrian province of Raqqa, calling it a “slow suicide” and saying that “every smoker should be aware that with every cigarette he smokes in a state of trance and vanity is disobeying God.”

Approximately 40% of male Iraqis and 60% of male Syrians smoke, according to recent surveys.

Smoking is not categorically banned in Islam, although some Islamic leaders have issued tobacco fatwas prohibiting cigarette and hookah consumption — possibly under the influence of foreign anti-tobacco NGOs.

The Iraqi government had repeatedly tried and failed to institute smoking bans in public places, much to the ire and confusion of many Iraqis. ”We want Saddam back,” said one Iraqi in 2009, when the government first tried to bass the pan. “You could do anything during Saddam’s time.” As the Washington Post noted at the time, the ban was likely motivated by a desire “to shake off Iraq’s image as a battle-ravaged, lawless country.”

The militants have gained control of the region with astonishing celerity, taking cities in fractions of the time it took US forces during the Iraq War. “Tuesday saw ISIS overrun Mosul in one night as security forces fled the city,” noted National Journal correspondent Kaveh Waddell. “The coalition campaign to take the city in 2004 took over a week and failed to stabilize the city.”

Smoking bans are increasingly popular in the United States, with an estimated 80% of Americans living under a ban in “workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars,” according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. “If you want to live longer and healthier…come to New York City,” said Mayor Bloomberg in 2011, crowing about the increased life expectancy of NYC residents in the years after his landmark smoking ban. Maybe that’s what the Jihadis had in mind.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iraq; jihadi; smoking

1 posted on 06/15/2014 12:44:01 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Heard the women had to be veiled.


2 posted on 06/15/2014 12:46:33 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

So they’re Michael Bloomberg with a beard and a “pet” goat?


3 posted on 06/15/2014 12:47:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Sacajaweau; Cap Huff

And now the left/MSM will fall in love with these head choppers.


4 posted on 06/15/2014 12:51:29 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Sacajaweau
Heard the women had to be veiled.

What a relief. I thought they would simply march them down to the local soccer stadium, and blow them all into next week.

5 posted on 06/15/2014 12:57:31 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You beat me to it...it’s now like New York with more sand! Wonder if the jihadi’s let your drink Coke?!?


6 posted on 06/15/2014 12:59:28 AM PDT by Drago
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To: nickcarraway

If you want to be a martyr and blow yourself up, why worry about lung cáncer?


7 posted on 06/15/2014 1:05:22 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: nickcarraway
"The militants have gained control of the region with astonishing celerity, taking cities in fractions of the time it took US forces during the Iraq War. “Tuesday saw ISIS overrun Mosul in one night as security forces fled the city,” noted National Journal correspondent Kaveh Waddell. “The coalition campaign to take the city in 2004 took over a week and failed to stabilize the city.”

Can you say "Rules of Engagement?"

Sure. I knew you could. < /Rogers >

8 posted on 06/15/2014 1:05:31 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

This further adds to the proof that mooselimbs are meddling liberals. Is it any wonder why leftists and muzzies are invariably on the same side of the issues?


9 posted on 06/15/2014 1:19:10 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: shibumi

It’s a typical BS statement the Atlantic likes to make.

It took ISIS over 4 years before they could take Mosul, Fallujah and Ramadi. Most of the cities we took we just drove right in -including Fallujah and Ramadi. Getting rid of the insurgents took another 4 years. If the Kurds want Mosul ISIS probably won’t even hold it for 4 days.


10 posted on 06/15/2014 1:52:13 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Vince Ferrer
The Liberals love these guys because they're so determined to care for their fellow man (or veiled woman). The ultimatum is this:
1) No smoking prohibited anymore - we look after your health...rather, Allah looks after your health and...
2) If you do not abide by our rules, you won't need any lungs anymore because they will be splattered all over some Infidel.
Thank you, this has been a public service message from your local Jihadi Human Services organization. Allah Akbar!
11 posted on 06/15/2014 2:04:06 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Justa; shibumi

Agreed.


12 posted on 06/15/2014 2:15:51 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Jihadi Militants Ban Smoking And Guns In Conquered Territories

Sounds like a bunch of Dems to me.

13 posted on 06/15/2014 2:30:50 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Sacajaweau

What about booze. Just couldn’t resists


14 posted on 06/15/2014 2:48:52 AM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: re_nortex

The commonality between the two is an insatiable desire to control others. Neither give a damn about humanity.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 3:34:28 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So they’re Michael Bloomberg with a beard and a “pet” goat?

You beat me to it, also. No wonder the lib/commie types like and defend the Muslims. They're so much like them.

16 posted on 06/15/2014 3:37:21 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: nickcarraway

You sure this isn’t New York?

Are they gonna ban Big Gulps, too?


17 posted on 06/15/2014 3:49:24 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: nickcarraway

Why can’t we be friends... ATF is having a hard on.


18 posted on 06/15/2014 3:55:48 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Dog

....Until they too, are threatened with death via a FATWA.


19 posted on 06/15/2014 4:26:33 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: nickcarraway

What about them big swords, nobody needs big swords.


20 posted on 06/15/2014 4:37:02 AM PDT by Einherjar
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To: nickcarraway

Saw some video of these freaks repeatedly pulling up alongside cars on the road and just spraying them with automatic gunfire. If they thought anyone was left alive therein, they’d just pull over and finish them off. Very graphic and bloody.

Then I wondered how many in those cars may have been Americans?


21 posted on 06/15/2014 5:26:05 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: nickcarraway

Imagine that the only people that can have guns are the animals running the show.The same thing the libs are trying to do here in the U.S.


22 posted on 06/15/2014 5:50:48 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Dog

“the left/MSM will fall in love with these head choppers.”

Not if they ban twinkies, too.


23 posted on 06/15/2014 5:55:51 AM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: onedoug

Everyone should watch that video to really see who we are dealing with here. Random murder. Relentless murder.


24 posted on 06/15/2014 6:22:24 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: nickcarraway

The possession of guns would make the work of ISIS death squads dangerous.


25 posted on 06/15/2014 9:08:20 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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